Middle school can be rough even under the best circumstances. But it can be hell if you’re picked on and bullied, much like ChadMichael Morrisette, a 34-year-old brand consultant and visual designer in West Hollywood, was throughout those years.
The entire football team bullied me, he said. It wasnt one guy, it was six or seven guys who would follow me in the hallways, harassing me, insulting me, threatening my life.
Louie Amundson grew up with Morrisette in a small town in Alaska, and was one of theboys who would mercilessly bully Morrisette, following him through the hallways of their junior high school while shouting insults and threats at him.
Morrisette left home when he was fifteen, and says life got better quickly after that, and he hasnt reflected much on his bullied childhood since.
That is, until he woke up to a surprise message on Facebook from Amundson:
Morrisette didn’t remember Amundson specifically, but realized he must have been one of the football players who used to harass him.
It unlocked something in me I didn’t realize I’d been holding onto,” he said. “I cried a little bit. It was so moving.”
A few days later, Morrisette wrote back:
Amundson wrote back right away:
Amundson saidthat he didn’t expect Morrisette to forgive him.
I felt humbled and ashamed and relieved all at once,” he said. “I owed him that apology, he did not owe me his forgiveness. The fact that he was able to forgive me showed that I may have been the bigger kid, but he is the bigger man.”
Morrisette posted the exchange online in the hopes that it will inspire bullied children not to lose hope, and inspire bullies to change their ways.
For the ones that are bullied and are young, it does get better,” he said. “It’s hard to see that now. And it doesn’t get better in a year or two, necessarily, but twentyyears later you’ll look back and realize, it is better.”
He sums up his message this way: “It’s never too late.”
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